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Igor I. Solar

Digital Journalist based in Valparaíso, Chile. Joined on Feb 22, 2010
Expertise in Science & space, Music, Ethnic cultures, Environment & green living, Travel

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Mayor defends appointing 6 relatives to important city positions

San Juan - The mayor of the city of Caucete, Argentina, appointed six close relatives to important municipal posts. His municipal cabinet will include his wife and three brothers, plus his two teenage children.

Where on Earth is the purest fresh water found?

Puerto Williams - American and Chilean scientists examined the chemical properties of freshwater in rivers and lagoons in the Puerto Williams area (Chilean Patagonia) and concluded that this region has "the purest water on the planet.”

Photo Essay: The magic of Christmas in Bogotá, Colombia Special

Bogot - The city of Bogotá, Colombia, is having a wonderful Christmas this year. The program of Christmas-related activities in the city began in late November and will run throughout December, until January 4.

Photo Essay: Creek Street, Ketchikan historic red-light district Special

Ketchikan - Ketchikan, a historic town built along the seafront on Tongass Narrows, is known as "the salmon capital of the world," but its past evokes an infamous village which in the first half of the 19th Century was known as “the Pacific Coast's wickedest city".

Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ delights 20-thousand in downtown Santiago, Chile Special

Santiago - With the facade of Chile’s Presidential Palace as a backdrop awash with lights and colors, the Ballet of Santiago de Chile presented the famous classic ‘The Nutcracker’ in front of about 20,000 people.

Colombia finds Spanish galleon sunk in 1708 with huge treasure

Cartagena - The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced the galleon 'San José', flagship of the Spanish Armada that was sunk by gunfire by English pirates in the XVIII century, was found at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Cartagena de Indias.

Discovering Spanish-American religious culture in Colombia Special

Bogot - Monserrate Mountain is part of the Oriental Hills, which is the natural eastern boundary of the city of Bogotá, Colombia. The Sanctuary of the Fallen Christ atop the 3.152-meter-high mountain is visited by thousands of religious pilgrims.

Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska's main sites, vanishing Special

Juneau - Located a short drive from downtown Juneau in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska, the Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the almost 4,000 square kilometers Juneau Icefield.

Chile’s President signs bill regulating vote of Chileans abroad

Santiago - Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet signed Friday 16 the bill that allows the vote of Chileans living abroad, and establishes the procedures to vote in presidential elections and national referendums.

Peruvian politician announces being awarded Nobel Prize in India

Lima - The former president of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, announced to reporters during an international economic meeting that he will receive a “Humanitarian Nobel Prize” in India.

Guatemalans elect new president today amid corruption scandal

Guatemala City - The people of Guatemala vote today in presidential elections where there is no clear favorite. The country has been immersed in the worst political crisis in decades by a wave of corruption scandals that led President Otto Pérez to jail.

Photo Essay: Native art at Totem Bight Park, Ketchikan, Alaska Special

Ketchikan - Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of totem poles. These imposing sculptures can be seen throughout the city and at several locations nearby. Totem Bight State Park contains 15 large totem poles and a replica of a traditional clan house.

Bolivian soldiers kneading dough at army barracks

La Paz - The Bolivian Army will produce 70,000 loaves of bread daily to alleviate the shortage caused by the bakers strike that began Monday in La Paz and El Alto. The bakers’ unions reject the withdrawal of state subsidies to wheat flour in effect since 2011.

Op-Ed: Vancouver — ‘Lotus land’ where the mountains meet the sea Special

Vancouver - Vancouver, a metropolis or gorgeous scenery, is not only one of the world’s most livable cities, it is also a favourite destination for visitors from all over the world, and a magnet for international meetings and conventions.

Op-Ed: Survivors commemorate 45 victims of Andean tragedy

Los Angeles - Various activities will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the so-called "Tragedy of Antuco" in which 45 soldiers of the Chilean Army died in a blizzard in the Andes Mountains during a training march which should have never taken place.

Decay of 7000-year-old mummies attributed to climate change

Arica - The mummies of the Chinchorro culture, deemed the world’s oldest, are being threatened by environmental and biological issues that experts link to climate change. The Chinchorro Indians lived about 9,000 years ago in the coast of the Atacama Desert.

Op-Ed: Seven ways to wisely spend your forthcoming tax refund

With personal tax returns for 2014 due April 30, 2015, most Canadians have already submitted their returns and many have started the waiting period to receive a refund. Have you already formulated a plan on how to spend this seemingly free money?

Report: 8% of Chile's salmon stocks in volcano danger zone

Puerto Montt - Chile's salmon industry operates numerous freshwater facilities in the area directly affected by the eruption of the Calbuco volcano. The Association of Salmon producers (SalmonChile) reported destruction of hatcheries and heavy losses in production.

Video: Ghost Girl on Brazilian subway is a terrifying ordeal

Fortaleza - A ghost girl terrorized late night subway riders in the city of Fortaleza in Brazil. The appearance is terrifying and many passengers and some city authorities have reacted negatively to the horrifying spectacle.

'Taco', the polar bear in Chile’s National Zoo is free at last

Santiago - After 16 years of captivity in Chile's National Zoo, Taco the polar bear died. During his confinement the animal endured summer temperatures that often reached 36 C in Santiago, the Chilean capital. Years of protests did not achieve Taco's freedom.
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